Help Group/Bulk SMS problem

Is it me, ,my phone, my SMS app, my reception or a combination of all of the above???
If I send an SMS to 1 person... no problems.
If I send a group/bulk SMS to more than 1 person, Usually 10 to 20 recipients. nearly all the messages fail to send. I usually have to go into each message and send it to each contact individually.
I'm Using Handcent as my SMS app, had a quick look round a few forums and don't see anyone else with this problem.
It's just taken me over 1hr to send the same message to 16 contacts.
What a load of B***ocks. Never had this sort of trouble on my old "Dumb" phone.
Any help or suggestions welcome


Android Expert
I regularly send to a group of 5 friends using Handcent, so maybe use slightly smaller group then forward the message again once sent to another 5. I agree that this is not the best way to go tho!

How about mecontacts app... not sure whether this would make any difference to it but its a different way to select the contacts to send it to and then you can try using the stock app to write the message (or Handcent if you want)


Android Enthusiast
As is occasionally, did you try the stock messaging application? Sometimes the normal one works over third party stuff, especially in an instance like this.

i agree i use the stock application for sms/mms and often send bulk sms and i dont hav a problem, i tried other tx apps but always end up coming back to the stock,

Hope that helps

Bushido Brown

Thread starter
Thanks everyone, the reason I don't use the stock app is the U.I. isn't as easy to use for bulk/group texts, you have to remember the names of people but with HANDCENT you can scroll down a list and check the contacts you want.
Spoke to a friend of mine and he received the message in question 4 times.
now I'm not sure if the message fails or not.


I'm having the same problems too!!
I've called my provider and it doesn't seem like it's anything on their end.

They told me to try to delete some thread/msg's b/c there might be too much on the phone. If that doesn't work then try mass texts on another phone.

I've tried deleting a bunch of old texts but i'm still unable to send out mass texts...i haven't had a chance to try on another phone b/c i don't have another phone to try it on, lol


Android Expert
Dont see the point of any text app other than the SE one.

I regularly send out multi texts to 10 people or more to say the wind is right for kiting at the beach and see you there and never had an issue.

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same problem here...but the failed ones normally sit in the undelivered box and they go eventually

The thing that bugs me is that handcent does not keep a recent list that i have sent text's to.....only have 2 people in there (very right icon when selecting people in the phonebook)


Have you tried the Send As Split Threads option. Handcent then shows the message as individual threads to the individual contacts. Makes it easier to see who has replied as well